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The beauty of the ocean hides within it troubling secrets, such as a decrease in oxygen levels that could lead to increasing "dead zones"

Ocean Oxygen : Suffocating the Seas

Ocean breathing – From the shallows down to its yawning depths, the ocean gets its oxygen from the surface, supplied either by the atmosphere or from the release of oxygen in phytoplankton through photosynthesis. Scientists have long known that one expected consequence from a warming climate is a gradual drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved into ocean waters as they absorb…

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Shrinking sea ice forces Polar Bears into "marathon" swims as population declines

Polar Bears Undertaking Marathon Swims, Populations Declining Rapidly as Sea Ice Disappears

The polar bear population in the Beaufort Sea area have declined 50% or more in the last decade. Nearly 7 in 10 of the 100 bears the researchers monitored swam at least 49 km (30.44 mi) in 2012. That’s up 25% from 2007.

The Paris Agreement is enhanced by the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

Earth Day: The Paris Agreement and the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

Today is Earth Day. What more fitting moment could there be for the official signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement, adopted by 195 nations at the COP21 climate talks in Paris last December, representing 93 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The opening plenary of the conference on November 30 marked a record for the most heads of state ever assembled…

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Taking steps toward a global transformation

World Bank Group Climate Action Plan: Helping Set the Path Toward Transformation

Arguably one of the most important things to come out of the COP21 climate talks in Paris last December, aside from the Paris Agreement itself, is the signal sent solidifying the growing shift in the global consciousness. We seek a transformative path forward into the new century. But any desired transformational change requires both the vision for a long term outcome and a…

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Green finance becomes a mainstream in the global financial markets

Green Finance Comes of Age in 2016

After years of volatility, green finance is emerging as a central part of our efforts to address climate change and transform our energy infrastructure. Green finance is preoccupied with adapting to the impacts of climate change and/or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  It is the means by which we can stream tremendous amounts of needed capital into emissions free sources of power. Although a precise definition of green finance (GF)…

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Support Citizen Journalism: The Future of Sustainable Development

The Future of Sustainable Development: A Citizen Journalism Project

Beacon is a crowdfunding platform for journalists. For more than two years Beacon has supported hundreds of worthwhile projects, adding a perspective to journalism free from the internet echo-chamber or vagaries of the advertising business model (here’s one we recommend and support). We’ve just launched our own campaign on Beacon to help fund a series of articles and interviews exploring the future of…

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13th Consecutive Year of Record Low Arctic Sea Ice Winter Maximums

Spanning 14.52 million square kilometers ( 5.61 square miles) as of March 24, 2015’s winter maximum was reached 12 days later than the average from 1981-2010. A late season surge is still possible, the National Snow & Ice Data Center noted, adding that it will post a detailed analysis of Arctic winter sea ice conditions in late April.